Date set for Rothesay wind turbine hearing

A computer-generated image supplied by objector David Irving of what the proposed Auchintirrie wind turbines might look like when viewed from Ettrick Bay.

A computer-generated image supplied by objector David Irving of what the proposed Auchintirrie wind turbines might look like when viewed from Ettrick Bay.

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The fate of Bute Community Power’s plans for two wind turbines at the island’s Auchintirrie farm will be decided at a meeting in Rothesay later this month.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) will hold a discretionary hearing to decide the application at Rothesay Pavilion on Tuesday, September 22 at 11am.

Supporters and opponents of the BCP application will be given a chance to state their cases to the committee before themselves being questioned ahead of a decision.

The meeting will be open to members of the public.

The company - set up in 2014 as a community benefit society or co-op - is seeking permission to erect two 250kw turbines, each of them 47 metres tall to the tip of their blades, on a hilltop site at Auchintirrie, in the centre of the island.

Council planning officials have already recommended that the PPSL refuse the application because of the “inappropriately adverse environmental consequences” - though members of the committee agreed last month to hold a hearing before reaching a decision, in view of the number of public comments made on the plans.

That number continues to increase: at the time of writing 292 comments had been made by members of the public, 195 of them against and 96 in support.